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Investment in extra care supports older people

Plans to expand accommodation options in the county.

a person using a walking stick

A housing scheme enabling older people to remain independent is set to be expanded in the county

A report to Cabinet this week will outline the council’s commitment to investing in more extra care housing for older people.

Extra care housing allows people to live as independently as possible, with the reassurance of support with personal care when needed.

Following the success of the Oak Court development in Blaby, work is well underway on a new 62-flat scheme in Loughborough. The council is investing £1.56m in a joint scheme with East Midlands Housing.

Waterside Court, in Derby Road, is due to open later this year, and the majority of flats are suitable for couples remaining together, even if their care needs change.

 

We’re developing extra care housing as a priority as we know that living in suitable accommodation is such an important part of a person’s wellbeing.

 

 “Our investment in Waterside Court underlines our commitment to extra care in the county. We’ll also set out detailed plans for more extra care provision when we have a clearer indication of Government funding reform around supported accommodation.

“It’s important that people start thinking at an early stage about their housing needs in the future, and we’re working closely with our district partners in developing options.” 

Cabinet will also be asked to approve the sale of the Catherine Dalley House / Silverdale site in Melton, which was a council-run care home until it closed last year.

The proceeds of the sale would be invested in the council’s county-wide capital programme, which includes the priority of developing and investing in extra care.

Cabinet will meet on Friday, 23 June to discuss the report. The meeting will be webcast live at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast  and will be available for 24 hours after the meeting.

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